Vacuum Erection Device (Penis Pump) for Erectile Dysfunction
Vacuum erection devices (also known as vacuum constriction devices or penis pumps) may be a solution for some men with erectile dysfunction. A vacuum device is placed over the penis. Air is then pumped out, creating a vacuum which draws blood into the penis, causing it to become erect. Once erection is achieved, a ring or retaining band is placed at the base of the penis to maintain the erection, and the device is turned off.
Satisfaction and Safety: Vacuum Constriction Devices
Studies show that 50% to 80% of men are satisfied with erectile dysfunction pumps, though satisfaction may decrease with time, according to a 2011 study of prostatectomy patients and AMS Men’s Health. Erectile dysfunction pumps are generally considered safe for most men, but not for those with congenital bleeding disorders or a condition called priapism, which causes painful erections that may last several hours.
According to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, side effects of penis pumps include bruising or discoloration of the penis, discomfort, numbness or coldness, and erections of insufficient rigidity or duration.
Some erectile dysfunction pumps can be purchased without a prescription. They range in cost from $300 to $500.
In addition to erectile dysfunction pumps, penile implants are another treatment for erectile dysfunction that may be more effective. Foothills Urologists’ ED experts are leaders in penile implants and can help you decide what is the best treatment for you. Learn more about penile implants.
Men’s Health: Erectile Dysfunction, AMS Men’s Health